Test Overview
Test Methodology

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Test Usage

Toxoplasma gondii is highly problematic when primary infection occurs during the first trimester of pregnancy, often leading to fetal death or when reactivation occurs in immunocompromised patients, leading to life-threatening disease including encephalitis and extracerebral toxoplasmosis. Onset of disease in most patients is preceded by an increase in parasite load measured in peripheral blood specimens using quantitative PCR. Monitoring blood levels of Toxoplasma gondii DNA correlates well with treatment.

Test Details
Days Set Up
Analytic Time

2 - 5 days

Soft Order Code
MiChart Code
Toxoplasma DNA qPCR, Whole Blood
  • Toxoplasma DNA qPCR, Blood
Reference Laboratory
Viracor Eurofins 2216
Special Testing
Specimen Requirements
Collection Instructions

Collect specimen in a lavender top (EDTA) tube. Send intact specimen at room temperature (4 - 5 mL). Specimen must be received at Viracor within 7 days. This CANNOT be sent as plasma

Alternate Specimen
Other acceptable specimen types (1/23/12): amniotic fluid, aqueous fluid, BAL, bronch wash, pericardial fluid, pleural fluid, trach asp, trach wash, vitreous fluid. All ordered as SO
Normal Volume
2 mL EDTA whole blood
Minimum Volume
0.5 mL EDTA whole blood
Storage Temperature
Strict ambient
Rejection Criteria
Not sent as whole blood, ambient
Additional Information

Test sent to Viracor Eurofins.

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